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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuition Equity Gets Historic Vote in Oregon State Senate on Thursday

Tuition Equity Gets Historic Vote in Oregon State Senate on Thursday

Salem, Ore.—Tomorrow at 11:00am, an historic vote is expected in the Oregon State Senate on HB2787, Oregon's Bipartisan Tuition Equity Bill. This is another important milestone for Tuition Equity supporters around Oregon as this is the 1st time in history that a tuition equity bill has been moved to the full Senate for a final vote before going to the Governor's Desk for a signature.

Historic Senate Vote on HB2787 Tuition Equity
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:00am
Oregon State Senate
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St. NE,
Salem, OR 97301

House Bill 2787, Oregon’s Tuition Equity Bill, is bi-partisan legislation that allows long-time, high-achieving Oregon high school graduates who have been accepted to an Oregon university to pay in-state tuition, regardless of their documentation status.

On Tuesday, HB2787 was passed in the Oregon State Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee by a 3-2 margin. Those voting “Yes” included Senator Mark Hass, Chair (D-District 14), Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay, District 5) and Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield, District 6). The two "No" votes were from Senator Tim Knopp, Vice-Chair (R-Bend, District 27) and Senator Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg, District 1).

“We applaud the committee for moving this crucial legislation forward to the floor of the full Oregon State Senate”, said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of Causa Oregon. “We urge all members of the Oregon State Senate to pass this critical legislation and ensure that all Oregon students are treated fairly and have access to a quality and affordable college education.”


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Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization is the largest Latinaand Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit


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